This is not to be confused with the mother who wants for nothing.
I’m talking about the mom who feels guilty getting gifts from her daughter. She only feels comfortable on the giving end of the relationship. She can’t enjoy anything extravagant (read: more than a card) because all she can think of is how much money you’ve spent… even if it’s just $15 for a magazine subscription, forget a bouquet of flowers. This is my mom. And if it’s your mom, and you still want to show her your appreciation beyond Hallmark, try these guilt-free twists on traditional Mother’s Day gifts.
Instead of flowers, try MINT.
If you don’t have some growing in your own yard, ask a gardening gal pal to clip some out of her yard to share with you… trust me, she’s got plenty of this quick-growing herb. Get crafty and pot it in something like a coffee mug (sneaky double gift) or my favorite, a mason jar. Finish off with a ribbon or piece of twine tied in around it in a bow! Unlike a bouquet of flowers, mom can use the mint for cooking, in her tea or to help her headaches. Perfect on a window sill in the kitchen or planted along the sidewalk.
Instead of chocolates, make your own CHOCOLATE-COVERED PRETZELS.
This super easy recipe over at Food.com got rave reviews:
Yield: 22 pretzels
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
22 miniature pretzel twists
1. Put chocolate in small bowl.
2. Microwave for 35 seconds.
3. The chips will still look whole, DO NOT MICROWAVE ANY LONGER! IT WILL BURN, instead stir for 20 seconds and all lumps will be smooth.
4. Lay out a piece of foil.
5. Dip pretzels with fingers in chocolate scrape off excess and lay on foil.
6. Wait 30 minutes to cool (Better if not put in fridge or freezer, they melt when they come out).
You can go organic with your ingredients, or substitute dark chocolate chips. Lots of room to play with this one!
Instead of a spa certificate, try this DIY SUGAR SCRUB.
We found this amazing sugar scrub recipe via Dawn at Indigo + Canary’s Reader Pinterest Board (Thanks, Dawn!). Created by Bailey at Let Birds Fly, it’s quite simple to concoct. While all the ingredients might not be in your cupboard, once you gather them, you’ll be able to whip up this gift for birthdays and holidays in a snap. The perfect healthy indulgence, all natural, and SO pretty!
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp sea salt, finely ground
3 tbsp refined coconut oil, melted (refined = no coconut aroma)
1/4 cup refined safflower oil (or other mild flavored oil, NOT olive oil)
20-35 drops of essential oil of choice OR a few drops of extract of choice
a few drops of non-toxic food coloring
Mix dry ingredients, then add coconut and safflower oil. Add in essential oil (or extract), and mix well. Scrub should be wet and thick. Add more safflower oil by the teaspoon if needed. Add food coloring, mix well.
Makes a little over 2 cups.
– Do NOT used unrefined coconut oil. The aroma is too strong and will not go well with the scent you choose, unless you choose coconut, of course!
– Do NOT use olive oil. The flavor and aroma are too strong and will not go well with the scent you choose.
– Try not to use vegetable oil or canola oil. This is a healthy scrub, meant to add good oils to your skin. If you cannot find safflower oil, try grape seed oil or flaxseed oil.
– You might need even more essential oil than recipe calls for. I used about 35 drops (big drops), but I wanted the scrub’s aroma to be very strong.
What scents could you add?
Try these essential oils: almond, juniper, cinnamon, ginger, guava, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, lavender, rose, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or tangerine.
Or try these extracts: vanilla, pineapple, strawberry, coconut, banana, cherry, lemon, lime, orange, almond, mint, or root beer (hehe)!
LL NOTE: I do not have all the links in Bailey’s recipe that she has on her blog. To learn more about essential oils, etc, go to the full post on her website.
What are you giving mom for Mother’s Day?